Last Thursday, the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition held our annual statewide Pro-Choice Day of Action!
This year we focused our advocacy efforts on two main issues. First, we advocated in support of legislative efforts to implement Medicaid extension in the Virginia’s budget, which would ensure that an additional 400,000 Virginians have access to basic health care, including cancer screenings and birth control. Second, we encouraged all pro-choice Virginians to submit a public comment against proposed targeted regulations on abortion providers (also known as TRAP regulations). If approved as written, TRAP regulations would require Virginia’s women’s health centers to meet medically-unnecessary hospital style standards (not required of any other health care facility in the Commonwealth) and would force the majority of our women’s health centers to close.
With the help of hundreds of Virginians and reproductive health advocates, we’re happy to report a very successful Day of Action:
- 245 emails to General Assembly members to support the Medicaid extension
- 162 activists to support Medicaid extension; 140 whom pledged to contact their Senator
- At least 35 public comments to oppose TRAP
- Over 1,700 phone calls to activists on Medicaid extension
- Over 50 volunteer shifts at 5 different regional phone banks throughout Virginia, including locations in Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, Arlington, and Washington, DC.
In addition, the VA Pro-Choice Coalition also worked with student activists to hold advocacy events on 5 Virginia college campuses, including Virginia Tech, University of Mary Washington, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond! Highlights include James Madison University’s “Faces of Choice” campaign (in which our campus intern Sarah had dozens of her fellow students explain why they are pro-choice and proud), and University of Richmond’s “I’m Pro-Choice because…” photo campaign & TRAP education. We also have to give a shutout to the University of Mary Washington, where our campus intern Taylor gave out a pyramid of “Choice Out Loud” swag and worked to engaged her peers on the importance of pro-choice, pro-women policy. We are so proud of our incredible campus representatives and the amazing work they did!!
From tabling, to phone banking, to everything in between – this year’s Day of Action was a huge success! THANK YOU for helping us tell our Representatives in the General Assembly: We are Virginia and we are pro-choice!